May 20, 2013
Governors label strike 'extortionate,' 'highly political'
Kirchnerite governors from across the country spoke out on the strike action taken by the dissident branch of the CGT labour confederation and the CTA workers union, labelling it “extortionate” and “highly political” adding that the workers demands “don’t match up to the reality that Argentina is currently living.”
“I think that this is a strike that has a high political content, from one sector of the CGT and CTA and from some political parties like the Polo Obrero and the Workers’ Socialist Party, amongst others, that have a critique against certain national policies that we support,” said Jujuy province Governor Eduardo Fellner.
The governor of San Juan province José Luis Gioja assured that the strikes and pickets that took place yesterday “are not true to the reality that Argentina is currently living, taking into account the fact that the last ten years have provided great benefits for workers.”
The leading official for Mendoza province Francisco ‘Paco’ Pérez, assured that the strike and the pickets “show extortionist action by some who say they represent the workers.”
The head of Buenos Aires province government Daniel Scioli criticized the protestors and remarked on how President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “defends political, economic and cultural sovereignty like a gladiator.”
With a slightly different tone to his counterparts, La Pampa Governor Oscar Mario Jorge told the press that “this is a moment for Argentines to come together as one, with the support of the national government.”